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Sumiko Amethyst

Moving magnet phono cartridge

Item # 782AMETHST

Offers wide frequency response, agile dynamics, and low noise.

Offers wide frequency response, agile dynamics, and low noise.

Item # 782AMETHST

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$599.00 -$115.31 Outlet savings


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About the Sumiko Amethyst

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Superior performance

The Amethyst is the top of Sumiko's Oyster line of phono cartridges. It's equipped with a high-end nude line-contact stylus that is designed to read a record groove with extreme detail. The result? Wide frequency response, responsive dynamics, and low noise. You'll hear your favorite tracks the way they're meant to sound.

Product highlights:

  • moving-magnet design
  • nude line-contact diamond stylus
  • frequency response 12-35,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 2.5 mV
  • stereo separation: 30 dB
  • channel balance: 0.5 dB
  • tracking force range: 1.8-2.2 grams
  • recommended tracking force: 2 grams
  • load impedance: 47k ohms
  • cartridge weight: 6.5 grams
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 844682008257

What's in the box:

  • Turntable cartridge (MM)
  • Plastic stylus guard
  • Case
  • 2 Mounting screws
  • 2 Plastic washers
  • Allen-key
  • Brush

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More details on the Sumiko Amethyst

Stacey B.

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Moving Magnet Cartridge: The Sumiko Amethyst is a high-performance moving magnet phono cartridge that utilizes a nude Line-Contact stylus and an upgraded generator assembly providing ultra-low noise, hair-raising dynamics, and superior tracking. This unique setup benefits from the same physically-generated electromotive forces fundamental to MM designs which accurately recreate the original sound of any recording. The Amethyst is an easy choice when looking for the most performance possible along with the versatility to pair well with nearly any phono stage on the market.

Compatibility: The Sumiko Amethyst turntable cartridge is an ideal replacement for any standard 1/2" mount turntable or headshell.

  • Turntables: The Sumiko Amethyst turntable cartridge supports turntables manufactured by Pro-Ject, Technics, Sony, Pioneer, Dual, Kenwood, Marantz, Denon, etc..
  • Cartridges: The Sumiko Amethyst turntable cartridge replaces any standard 1/2" mount cartridge from Shure, Audio Technica, Ortofon, Pickering, Empire, Grado, etc..

Note: This cartridge is designed to fit turntables that feature a standard 1/2" mount. It is not compatible with P-Mount style turntables.


  • Internal Impedance: 700
  • Load Impedance: 47k
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz to 35kHz
  • Output Voltage: 2.5mV @ 1kHz
  • Channel Separation: 30dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 0.5dB @ 1kHz
  • Compliance: 12 x 10-6 cm/dyn @100Hz
  • Recommended Load Capacitance: 100pF to 200pF
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
  • Tracking Force: 1.8g to 2.2g
  • Recommended Force: 2.0g
  • Cartridge Weight: 6.5g

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3 questions already asked

Can the stylus/cantilever be replaced without replacing the whole cartridge? Seems like it should be based on the look of the construction, but I'm not seeing replacement styli readily available anywhere, including crutchfield?
[ BENJAMIN MOORE  May 05, 2021 ]
3 answers
Yes, this has an interchangeable stylus. This is a sweet sounding cart, detailed but not bright. Very good choice!
[ ANTHONY  May 21, 2021 ]
As far as I know the stylus alone can be replaced. I sure hope so. I believe sumiko website offers this replacement.
[ JOHN  May 20, 2021 ]
They are available,, just not through Crutchfield at the moment.. The Amethyst is the flagship of the Oyster line so it is not interchangeable like the others, Olympia, Moonstone, Rainier, etc.
[ Michael  May 20, 2021 ]
How difficult is it to replace the Ortofon red cartridge on a project debut carbon with the Sumiko Amethyst?
[ THOMAS P  Jun 09, 2020 ]
1 answer
Not difficult. Tedious perhaps because of the small screws but shouldn't be too bad. Our tech support can help you through it if you get stuck.
[ CASEY  Jun 24, 2020 ]  Staff
Is this too high compliance firm 70â??s pioneer S shaped tone arms?
[ Wilson  Jan 22, 2020 ]
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Thomas  Feb 20, 2020 ]  Staff

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